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Charles Meere, born in London, migrated to Australia in 1932,settling in Sydney where he sought work as a commercial artist.

He worked in what came to be known colloquially, as Australia ’s unofficial art centre: an old factory warehouse housed a graphic design studio (employing Lloyd Rees and Roland Wakelin at the time); the publication Art and Australia was being produced by Sydney Ure Smith; and Max Dupain had a photographic studio there. During the 1930s, this ‘centre ’“provided a nexus between the commercial and fine art worlds when artists had few opportunities to sell their work”. Meere developed a sufficient enough reputation through his commercial art to procure various commissions. In addition, he taught life classes, and through both of these enterprises he was able to pursue “his first love”, mural paintings. (Thomas [ed.]1988) Charles Meere was born in London and studied at the West Ham Technical School and the Royal College of Art, London, where he gained a diploma in mural painting and design. He then undertook a brief period of study at Colarossi's in Paris. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and in a number of English cities before migrating to Sydney in the late 1930s.

In Sydney, Meere worked as a freelance artist before joining the Sydney Morning Herald in the early 1940s, where his formal artistic style was quite successful. In 1938, when the Art Gallery of New South Wales established the Sulman Prize for murals and figure compositions, one of the first awards went to Meere's painting of the classical goddess, Atlanta. Meere also won the Wynne Prize in 1951.


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